Space projectile takes icy test
UK engineers have tested a projectile technology they believe could be used to explore the Solar System.
The steel penetrator was fired at a 10-tonne cube of ice to simulate the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.
It hit the block at a speed of 340m/s and decelerated rapidly, but its structure remained intact, as did its interior components.
Researchers say the penetrator would be a robust and inexpensive way to land instruments on other worlds.
Video courtesy of QinetiQ
12 Jul 2013
- From the section Science & Environment